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Jeff Green re-signs with Boston for one-year, $9 million. Which is weird. And kind of genius.

Dec 10, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

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Jeff Green was spoken of as part of the Celtics future, as the big building block to put beside Rajon Rondo. The acquisition of Green for Kendrick Perkins was highly controversial in Boston, made only worse by his performance last season and in the playoffs (though he had a few moments). Green was supposed to be the future. And today, he’s back in Boston for the season.

Yet, there’s a catch.

The Celtics today re-signed Green to a one-year, $9 million contract. Which is just… odd.

It’s odd in that it means that they’ve essentially said “We absolutely have to have this guy… this year.” A player of Green’s age almost always get a multi-year deal, because you want to see what he turns into. For example, if Green becomes an All-Star this season (quit laughing), the Celtics will have raised his total value considerably on the open market. If they’re planning on clearing cap space, you’d think they would just let him go.

But this is a pretty slick move. If he’s worth the money, they’ll give it to him. If he’s not, they’ll let him walk (presumably). They want another year to see, and they’re willing to pay more to get it done. What’s interesting is that he’s a restricted free agent. Which means he could have signed a multi-year deal with another team, instead he makes more money now, and he gets to enter unrestricted free agency.

It’s enough to make you wonder if this isn’t the smarter way for teams to go.

  1. gugurich - Dec 10, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    I think it was simply to preserve roster flexibility. Once a restricted free agent signs his qualifying offer, he can’t be traded that season. Since he wasn’t going to get an offer from other teams or a long extension contract from the Celtics, he was basically paid three million to waive his no-trade clause.

    • 973yenots - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:15 AM

      Somebody gotta change pierce,kg and Allen’s diaper! Of course he’s under paid. 9 million is not enough, what a sh.tty job! Who cares?

  2. 973yenots - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    I guess the ( they are old jokes ) are getting old. Or Boston fans really hate my comments. Ass clowns!!!

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